A school building in Springfield, Massachusetts that was originally constructed in 1898 has been transformed into a 21st century learning center. Classes have resumed at the Forest Park Middle School following a three-year renovation project.
20,000 students head back to class Monday in Springfield Massachusetts. The state’s second largest public school system has received almost $14 million in federal funds to put programs in place to close academic achievement gaps. Daniel Warwick is beginning his second year as Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with him about his plans to address the system’s chronic problems.
A ninth grade English teacher at Springfield Central High School has been singled out for a top honor in her profession in Massachusetts.
Anne Marie Bettencourt said it was a teacher who convinced her to stay in school when she was a student at New Bedford High School. Now she pays it forward as she works in a program to improve the graduation rate at Springfield Central High School where she teaches freshman English. Bettencourt was introduced as Massachusetts Teacher of The Year at a surprise program on Tuesday in the school’s library.
A ten member special committee has been formed in Springfield Massachusetts to investigate school safety. The committee has a broad and open- ended assignment.
Springfield City Council President James Ferrera, who named the members of the Special Committee on School Safety on Monday, said he expects the panel will delve deeply into the subject and issue periodic reports and recommendations.
A special summer camp opened today for children from two public housing developments in Springfield Massachusetts. As WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill tells us the camp is part of an innovative early literacy program.
The second largest public school district in Massachusetts will have a new superintendent of schools by July 1st. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.
Daniel Warwick, who began his career in education as a teacher in the public schools in Springfield Mass in 1976, and is currently deputy superintendent, has been picked to be the troubled school systems next chief administrator.
The second largest public school system in Massachusetts is going to make condoms available to students as young as 12 beginning this fall. The school committee in Springfield, Thursday night, approved a condom availability policy that proponents say will become part of a comprehensive effort to combat one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the state. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.